Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay offered a little more insight Wednesday into how the goaltending tandem of Chris Mason and Ondrej Pavelec will work this season. Ramsay has said he expects one to play more than the other. That’s a departure from the offseason when management indicated that there might be a 50-50 split in the duties.
While not naming an opening night starter, this is what Ramsay said about the situation.
“I think one of the goalies will play more,” Ramsay said. “That would not be unreasonable. I’ve been with teams that have been 50-50 and we won a Vezina with it. I don’t think that really works. It can. I’ve seen it. We definitely are going to play each night with a plan in our minds of making this young player be a star. I think he can be. I don’t look that far ahead. Whatever happens we will deal with it. You make too many plans in this game and suddenly you lose three guys and everything is blown out the door and you have to start again. I have a plan for how the team should play. I have a plan for where we want to go. You always have to be ready.”
When I asked if it would be fair to say that Ondrej Pavelec would be the young player who will get the early look, Ramsay said “That would be fair.”
Pavelec is 23 years old and signed a two-year contract with the Thrashers in the offseason. Mason, 34, signed a two-year contract with the Thrashers as a free agent during the offseason.
In other news:
* Jim Slater was placed on the injured (non-roster) list and Andrew Kozek was placed on injured reserve as the final moves to get roster to 23 by today’s deadline.
*The Thrashers’ television schedule was finally released on Wednesday. There will be 65 games aired between SportsSouth and Fox Sports South. One game will be carried on Versus. All games will be in high-definition. Friday’s season opener will be aired on SportsSouth and Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay will be aired on Fox Sports South. There will be no television for the three following west coast road games.
* Alexander Burmistrov will switch to No. 8 (from No. 49 in training camp) now that he was signed a pro contract and will start the season with the Thrashers. “It’s very exciting,” said Burmistrov of his deal signed on Tuesday.
* Thrashers prospect Danick Paquette has been assigned to ECHL Gwinnett.